Archive for April, 2012

Businesses optimistic about Atlanta jobs

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The most recent scorecard from SurePayroll, Inc. shows that many businesses are very optimistic about the growth of Atlanta small business jobs.

The online payroll to small businesses nationwide announced April results for its monthly SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard® showing small business owners’ optimism at 65 percent, despite a slight drop in hiring and size of average paychecks. Optimism remains well off its low of 33 percent in September of last year.

For those looking to hire, 40 percent of small business owners said they are having trouble finding qualified candidates in the fields of technology, sales/marketing, customer service and administrative work.

“We have a double-edged sword — on one side there’s a shortage of jobs. On the other side, where there are jobs, there aren’t enough qualified workers to fill them,” said SurePayroll CEO and President Michael Alter. “As a nation, we need to look forward, educating and training in fields where jobs will be available in the future, instead of just training for the jobs available today.”

Month-over-month SurePayroll Scorecard data shows hiring just barely negative (-0.1) and average paychecks down 0.3 percent. Month-over-month regional hiring and paychecks were down slightly in all regions of the country except the South, where hiring was up just 0.1 percent.

Year-over-year, nationwide hiring is down only 1.4 percent and paychecks are down 1.3 percent. The South continues to show promising signs with hiring up 1.8 percent and paychecks up 0.4 percent. The West has had the steepest hiring decline at 5.1 percent.

As the first economic indicator created by a payroll company, the SurePayroll Scorecard has provided a monthly look on national hiring and paycheck trends since September 2004. SurePayroll’s Scorecard compiles data from over 35,000 small businesses, and exclusively reflects the trends affecting the nation’s “micro businesses” — those with an average of eight employees.

Company makes great Atlanta jobs

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

One local company is being lauded for creating great Atlanta jobs and being one of the best places to work in the area.

Pardot, a B2B cloud marketing automation software provider that increases revenue and maximizes efficiency for companies with multi-touch sales cycles, has been called the best small business to work for in Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Top 100 Workplaces of 2012.

Pardot also received an award for having the best work/life flexibility across all companies.

The annual competition recognizes companies with outstanding employee satisfaction, based on anonymous employee feedback.

This year’s list was published in the Sunday edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, with leading SMB marketing automation vendor Pardot taking top honors in the small business category. More than 1100 organizations applied to be a top workplace.

We built Pardot around the conviction that employees do their best work when they enjoy their work environment and feel that they are a part of a valuable team,” said Adam Blitzer, co-founder and COO at Pardot. “Pardot takes a lot of pride in our company culture, and it’s very exciting to have one of our strongest attributes acknowledged publicly. I’m more proud of this award than any other we’ve been given. We think employee-centric environments like ours are the way of the future.”

Any Atlanta company with more than 50 employees is eligible to be nominated for the Top 100 Workplaces list. For each company that chooses to participate, employees are asked to fill out a 24-question survey assessing their workplace on six characteristics: direction, execution, career, conditions, managers, and pay/benefits.

HMSHost holds job fairs to fill hospitality jobs in Atlanta

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

HMSHost said it is looking to initially fill 150 hospitality jobs in Atlanta, with a total of 700 over the next four months.

The international airport restaurateur will open more than 4 new eateries throughout Terminal F. Among the nearly 700 available positions, HMSHost is building a team for the first four restaurants to open: The Pecan, Varsity, Pei Wei and el Taco.

Available food & beverage positions include experienced cooks, wok cooks, food preps, and cashiers. Retail positions are also available for a number of specialty retail stores, including premium cosmetic brands, Sunglass Icon Store, Clutch (accessories store with premium handbags) and Simply Books.

When: Monday, April 16th, 9am-4pm and Tuesday, April 17th, 9am-1pm
Friday, April 20th, 9am-4pm (F&B Management only Job Fair)
Thursday, April 19th, 10am-4pm (Online Job Fair)
Where: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Concessions Recruitment Offices, (from the North Parking Lot, at ground level between the parking deck and the entrance to the terminal.)

Company hires for executive jobs in Atlanta

Monday, April 9th, 2012

One company has announced their intentions to hire for executive jobs in Atlanta.

Argonne Capital Group, LLC, a private investment firm, said it will hire Layton Grisette as a Principal and Bill Weimar as a Vice President.